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Watershed Projects Grant Program: Local and Regional - Round 1

Grants to Louisiana Public Agencies in
Eligible Regions for Disaster Relief Projects

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Louisiana Office of Community Development (OCD) - Louisiana Watershed Initiative (LWI)

LOI Date:

01/17/20

Deadline Date:

04/24/20 3:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Louisiana public agencies in eligible regions for disaster relief projects. Applicants must submit a pre-application prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for statewide activities that mitigate flood risks and offer relief from frequent and significant floods and storms. The goal of the program is to help predict the flow of water across the state’s watershed regions.

Round 1 will provide grant assistance to public entities to: 

  1. Fund low-risk, high-reward projects that (1) create a significant, positive impact on local or regional flooding conditions, (2) improve the natural and beneficial function of the floodplain and (3) do not have the potential to shift flood risk to surrounding upstream or downstream communities. Proposed projects must have demonstrable and quantifiable mitigation outcomes. 
  2. Help change existing decision-making paradigms regarding flood mitigation projects and activities from a localized, community or agency-based framework to long-term, transparent, regional, collaborative decision-making frameworks. The state will allocate up to $5 million to each watershed region to select regional projects in furtherance of this objective. 
  3. Build trust, partnerships and technical capacity among local and regional partners through project and program implementation, including moving current projects forward and enhancing existing projects in preparation for future rounds of funding.

For eligible use of funds, see the following link:

https://watershed.la.gov/assets/docs/FINAL-Round-1-Watershed-Program-NOFA.pdf#page=6

For eligible activities, see the following link:

https://watershed.la.gov/assets/docs/FINAL-Round-1-Watershed-Program-NOFA.pdf#page=8

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187675

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$100,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant award amount is $500,000. The maximum grant award amount is $10,000,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To ensure a transparent, competitive and highly inclusive process, eligible applicants include any public entity within one of the state’s provisional watershed regions.

Eligible applicants must have the authority and jurisdiction to implement, operate and maintain the proposed project. Applicants must specifically demonstrate how the expenditure of CDBG-MIT funds on their proposed project, including those located outside of a HUD or LA-identified MID9 , will measurably mitigate risks identified within a HUD or LA identified MID area (e.g., upstream water retention projects to reduce downstream flooding in the MID areas).

To be eligible to receive program funds from OCD, an applicant must:
a. Be legally able to receive and use the proceeds as herein stated.
b. Meet any other requirements herein stated for the specific purpose of the program.
c. Meet HUD CDBG-MIT requirements, including the gathering and reporting to OCD of all required information, and the maintenance of all records pertaining to the making of eligible grants.
d. Must not be debarred, suspended or excluded from or ineligible for participation in federal assistance programs.
e. Not have any open findings or audits associated with the use of HUD funds provided directly or indirectly through OCD or be a defendant in proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Justice relating to the use of HUD funds or obligations associated with the receipt and use of HUD funds, including the Fair Housing Act or civil rights. OCD may waive this requirement if, in OCD’s sole determination, the applicant is compliant with a plan of action agreed to by OCD and the applicant relative to any such findings, audits, or judicial proceedings.

No indirect costs will be funded under this grant.

Ineligible Activities:
- In accordance with the FRN, CDBG-MIT funds to assist flood control structures (i.e., dams and levees) are prohibited from being used to enlarge a dam or levee beyond the original footprint of the structure that existed prior to the disaster event. Special requirements exist for the use of CDBG-MIT funds for levees and dams. OCD approval should be obtained for submittal of any project involving the proposed construction or demolition of a dam, levee or other flood control structure.
- CDBG-MIT funds cannot be used to assist privately-owned utilities.
- CDBG-MIT funds cannot be used for ongoing or deferred maintenance projects.
- CDBG-MIT funds cannot be used for programs and projects to provide emergency response services6. However, CDBG-MIT funds may be used for mitigation activities to enhance the resilience of facilities used to provide emergency response services, provided that such assistance is not used for buildings for the general conduct of government as defined in 24 CFR 570.3.
- CDBG-MIT funds cannot be used to support any federal, state, or local projects that seek to use the power of eminent domain, unless eminent domain is employed only for a public use7 .

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- NOFA issued: 11/22/19
- Pre-application briefings and technical assistance opportunities per watershed region: 12/2/19 - 12/11/19
- Deadline for receipt of pre-application: 1/17/20 at 3 p.m. (CST)
- Full application briefings and technical assistance opportunities per watershed region: 2/17/20 - 3/13/20
- Deadline for receipt of full application: 4/24/20 at 3 p.m. (CST)
- Initial award letters issued and remaining eligible projects referred to regional award selection: 5/22/20

To apply for Round 1 funding, applicants must electronically submit a complete pre-application.

The Louisiana Office of Community Development (OCD) will evaluate pre-applications to determine threshold eligibility for invitation to full application submission. Full applications will be competitively scored in coordination with LWI participating state agencies and based on LWI and CDBG-MIT criteria.

All program funding will be provided via reimbursement.

View the following briefing videos:
https://vimeo.com/377082439
https://vimeo.com/377327118
https://vimeo.com/378339505,
https://vimeo.com/378355567
https://vimeo.com/378369446
https://vimeo.com/379339868
https://vimeo.com/379341433
https://vimeo.com/379342620

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit a pre-application: https://www.watershed.la.gov/round-1-projects-pre-application

For further information
LaKesha Hart
Louisiana Office of Community Development 225-342-1948
Lakesha.Hart@la.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana